RESERVES LOSE 1-0 AT PORT VALE
Port Vale Reserves 1 Mansfield Reserves 0
Stags Reserves played their part in a reserve game at the Vales Training
ground last night.
In a liveley encounter against a strong home side and faced with a swirling
wind, Stags defended frantically at times, and Vale had a few close on
chances to take the lead.
However Stags survived and looked good in midfield with Lloyd and Coke
spreading the ball well to Rundle and Birchall on the wings.
Rundle left the game early on with a knock.
0 - 0 at the half-time which was a fair assumption, but Stags strated to
create there own problems in defence, by overplaying an Vales goal came from
such an instance when Blair got caught in poccession leaving a tap in for
the Vale goal.
Stags while creating from midfield didnt have a cutting edge and were
restricted to efforts from Lloyd and Heron late on.
Best Stags - White, and Lloyd
White, Jacobs, Blair, Woods, Brown, Birchall, Coke, Lloyd, Rundle, Arnold, Heron.
Subs used : Langford, Hunt, Mcintosh, Sleath.
Vale Line-up: Brain, Holmes, Haughton (Prosser, 45), Walsh, Talbot, Cardle (Soboljew, 74), Sonner, Innes, Doherty, Matthews, Sam
Hector Sam netted the only goalof the game this afternoon as Vale Reserves took on Mansfield Reserves on the training pitch behind the Bycars
Fifteen minutes into the second half, he looked to have pushed the ball a little too far past the 'keeper after forcing his way into the box, but with the 'keeper stranded, Sam managed to pull the ball back fron the byline and stroke it into the net froma tight angle.
He had already missed a great chance to put Vale ahead ten minutes earlier, when he again skipped pastthe 'keeper, but this time his close range shot struck the outside of the keeper's right hand post.
Lee Matthews went close in the opening minutes when he met Danny Sonner's cross with a header which the 'keeper took two attempts to save, with Sam closing in sharply.
The visitors then went even closer wen a cross-come-shot from the left wing sailed over Jony Brain's head, only to scrape the top of the crossbar before going out for a goalkick.
Although Vale created enough first half chances to have won the game comfortable, Sam's second half strike proved the decider in the end.
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